Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!
- Monday, November 3, 2014
I read the Twitter updates last night about Brittany Maynard and Lauren Hill – both women diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.
Both life stories highlighted in the media on the same day . . . one choosing to take her last breath and one fulfilling her dream of playing in her first college basketball game.
"Same disease but two very different women. Lauren Hill will be remembered as a courageous and persevering role model for generations of young women. Sadly, Brittany Maynard will only be remembered as a suicide advocate. Lauren is squeezing out of her ...Read Full Post »
- Monday, October 6, 2014
Every Sunday after the church service, Jim and I hug and talk about his week. His weeks don't vary much. He has school, work and "fun time." However, what did vary this week was his response. When I hugged him goodbye and told him to have a great week, instead of the usual "Okeydokey," Jim's reply was "I've got this."
And you know what? I know he does.
Jim may have Down syndrome and as a result, face some unique challenges, but through the 20 + years I've known him and watched him grow up with my ...Read Full Post »
- Monday, September 22, 2014
I received a call from a friend at church who works at a school for troubled teens. A young girl, Cassandra, whom she'd seen grow up at the school, had come to her in tears asking why God lets bad things happen to people who are trying to do the right thing.
Cassandra is 17 and had given birth to a beautiful little baby girl three years ago. One could say she's a baby taking care of a baby and . . . she's doing it on her own. Cassandra's dad isn't in the picture and her mom ...Read Full Post »
- Sunday, August 24, 2014
It's back to school time and for some of us, that means kids going away to college.
A friend just left her son at Biola. She signed up for a Biola Twitter feed and liked a Facebook page for parents of Biola students. Another friend learned of an app which Cal Berkeley offers to students and their families that will help when they move their child into the dorms.
Social Media has changed our world.
There's good and bad side to that and a wise parent knows the balance. Personally, I'm less concerned about the bad side ...Read Full Post »
- Monday, July 28, 2014
To surrender is to give up . . . to end something.
Not always though.
As the 119th infant was surrendered in LA County since the Safe Surrender program began 13 years ago, these mothers didn't give up, they surrendered their babies to give them a new beginning.
The Safe Surrender Program allows new moms to surrender infants within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked. A newborn girl who was surrendered at a hospital recently was the sixth infant turned over under the Safe Surrender law in Los Angeles County this year, according to county Supervisor Don Knabe. A baby ...Read Full Post »
- Monday, June 9, 2014
The value of every life is a message Brad Mattes has been sharing for nearly 40 years. A father of four sons himself, celebrating babies and supporting their parents is something Brad holds as core to his own life commitment.
As Father's Day approaches and our thoughts turn to the role of fathers in our lives, Brad thinks about a particular type of father -- those who won't have the opportunity to play a role in their children's' life.
"Every Father's Day, my mind goes to dads who'll never get to see or hold their babies ...Read Full Post »